The restaurant, closing on Sunday, March 6, is known for its Quebec inspired Poutine dishes, a mixture of french fries and cheese curds smothered in gravy.
The eatery, which opened last April, is located at 142 University Avenue, but owner Hugo Tassone wants to relocate to a denser neighborhood that he believes will generate a late night crowd.
The Hillcrest space has already been sold to another undisclosed restaurant, but real estate broker Mike Spilky who found the new tenants is disappointed that Mess Royale couldn’t thrive where it was.
"It’s a shame that Mess Royale did not garner enough of a customer base in this location to see it through as a long term business model,” he told the Eater.“There were plenty of very loyal customers, just not enough; the eatery will be looking for another spot in more of a bar-crawl area like Pacific Beach or North Park."
Mess Royale will continue operations at their Valley View Casino Center indoor arena location on Sports Arena Blvd. in Point Loma.